We are All Completely Beside Ourselves Review

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Hello!

Sorry for missing last post. Last week of work before vacations so everything was more stressful. But today i have a review! My TBR is going smaller but then i buy some books and everything is the same :D, book problems.

So i finished “We are All Completely Beside Ourselves” yesterday after a few sittings. This is one of those books where i didn’t knew a thing about and the synopsis doesn’t give to much away. So it turned out so weird… I don’t really know if i liked it or not.

Meet the Cooke family. Our narrator is Rosemary Cooke. As a child, she never stopped talking; as a young woman, she has wrapped herself in silence: the silence of intentional forgetting, of protective cover. Something happened, something so awful she has buried it in the recesses of her mind.

Now her adored older brother is a fugitive, wanted by the FBI for domestic terrorism. And her once lively mother is a shell of her former self, her clever and imperious father now a distant, brooding man.

And Fern, Rosemary’s beloved sister, her accomplice in all their childhood mischief? Fern’s is a fate the family, in all their innocence, could never have imagined.

I can’t actually make a very detailed review without spoiling in some way. I can actually tell you what this book is about and how it turns out in the end.

We follow Rosemary, we see through her life from her eyes. From the moment she is born to 2012, she is now 40+ years old and is trying to understand why, all of herself, she felt so emotionless.

Her dad is a psychologist and always over analyse everything, teaching Rose to understand/sympathize with everyone else, her brother run away from home when he was 11 and never came back. Even her sister, her long childhood friend, goes away when she is 5. All of her life Rose tried to understand why all of things things happen to her but only when she is 22, she starts to understand.

I never read fiction, i had curiosity for this one after seeing some videos on Youtube. I was surprised after seeing what this book was about. The story is about family and understand ourselves. It has a lot of physiology and how humans work vs animals, how humans work and how animals suffer at our hands.

This was the thing i loved the most, understanding how humans work. One thing i took from the book that i always keep in mind is: People don’t like to see bad things and when they see them they blame the ones showing them, not the ones actually doing the bad things. 

Plot wise i liked, didn’t loved it. Still i think you should give it a try, i gave it 3.5 stars. I hope the review isn’t too small but the true is that you should go almost completely blind to this book.

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Spoiler review next. Have you read it? What do you think?

So i wasn’t expecting a chimpanzee to be in the story. It wasn’t the coolest for me. I enjoyed the book but it wasn’t the moat amazing thing ever.

I think i liked the book while reading it, but like i said, because it had a chimpanzee and i don’t particularly like them it was really really different for me. Like i said, what i really enjoyed was understanding how humans work and how we treat everything around us, “Utopia isn’t Utopia for everybody”.

Rosemary is a very complex character. From her family to her friends and herself. We never quite understand if all of her memories are true or not but at least we understand how growing up as an effect on us.

Sad thing about Rosemary dad dying. He and her mother really suffered and we got to see that from a child’s perspective. But i enjoyed the metaphor in the end, when Rosemary helps her father carry the “backpack”.

Sorry for the small review, hope you enjoyed,

Viviana

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